20 Reasons to Do Business in L.A. County

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Mars Rover6. Diversified economic base

Most people think of Los Angeles as the “three-legged” economy – aerospace, movies, and tourism. The reality is there are 14 significant industry clusters in the County, with new ones in the process of emerging. (Most of these industries sell goods or services to people outside the area, thus bringing “new” money into the local economy.) For a multi-earner household, all members can find good jobs.

7. A leader in the design and production of technology

The area is “technology-rich,” with Lockheed Martin’s fabled “Skunk Works,” Boeing’s multiple operations including space, military aircraft and satellite production, Northrop Grumman’s R&D activities and the Jet Propulsion Lab. Moreover, nearly 33,300 people work in computer systems design and software publishing activities. Read more about our technology industry.

8. A major force in apparel design and manufacturing*

Over 88,000 people are at work in apparel design, manufacturing and wholesaling activities. Los Angeles County is #1 in the nation in apparel manufacturing employment, and is a leading source of junior and contemporary fashion. Orange County has 14,300 people working in the apparel industry. People in the industry will tell you that New York often looks to Europe for fashion ideas, and Europe looks to Los Angeles.

9. A major cultural center

Los Angeles has a significant base in the fine and performing arts, with such flagships as the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, the Huntington Library and Gardens, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Norton Simon Museum, to name a few. There are also numerous performance locations, including the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, the Disney Concert Hall, the famous Hollywood Bowl, and the Nokia Theatre.

10. A leading design center*

In addition to apparel design, Los Angeles is also a center for the design of autos, furniture and home furnishings items, and toys. Because of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, almost every major auto company has a design studio in the area.

* Creativity is big business in Southern California! Watch this video or view the full report [PDF] to learn more.

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